Ever since he was a kid, Andy Genen (born in 1979) has always loved all kinds of comics. After finishing his studies at the Institut St-Luc in Brussels, where he actually studied “creating comics”, he started working as a freelance illustrator / comic book artist and has since illustrated numerous very varied projects. His best known comic work includes “De leschte Ritter” trilogy, which he created with Lucien Czuga, and several collaborations with John Rech (“Dream Catcher” and “Alex & Tun”). “De Roude Puma” and his latest series “Tow & Tank” are among his solo works.
more on the lighter, cartoony side
Contributions to LUX:plorations:
Inside the Solar Cell
Microglia: Guardians of the Brain?
Why did you participate in LUX:plorations?
“Always looking for new challenges, I’m happy each time I’m able to tackle projects coming from different directions in general. As I’m convinced of the didactic power of comics when it comes to explain all kinds of different subjects in an understandable manner, doing comics talking about scientific subjects is a no-brainer for me.”
What did you like most about LUX:plorations?
“First of all, I love it to work on new subjects I didn’t know much (or anything at all) about before. It keeps me involved right from the start as I have to begin by getting « into » the subject first, meaning that I work on every subject starting from zero AND I’m learning new things myself over the course of time. This helps me to keep things fresh for me.
But what I loved MOST about this particular project was the actual team work ! Before we started, I had no idea what to expect. Creating comics is quite a unique and special craft, and working with people that are new to the field may not be that easy, for both sides. But the 2 teams I worked with did SUCH an amazing job, from the beginning till the end ! They had really neat ideas and a clear vision of what story they wanted to tell. Furthermore, they really managed to teach me all the scientific facts and background that I needed and were very reactive when it came to provide me with any kind of additional info or material. On the other hand, they trusted me to bring my vision to their stories and always open to my ideas. They were always enthusiastic and involved and always brought some cool ideas and input to the table in order to improve the stories even more.”
What was the biggest challenge for you?
“One of the biggest challenges when it comes to educational comics is to find the right balance between storytelling and scientific content. If you rely TOO MUCH on the story itself, you don’t get people to learn much about the actual subject. But if you neglect the story and ONLY talk science, you end up with a dull collection of factual information without any coherent and interesting drive behind. So you always have to be aware of that fine line and try to juggle as best as you can in order to find the right balance between these two poles.”